DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EarthxEnergy hosted a high profile banquet and conference at this year’s EarthX that gathered international politicians and lead industry voices to discuss the latest in global energy technology and policy. From the next generation of power markets and carbon capture in the oil patch to nuclear and hydrogen energy, compelling conversations at EarthxEnergy events ran the gamut of key energy topics.

Rick Perry, the United States Secretary of Energy, delivered a keynote address on the future of U.S. energy at the Theodore Roosevelt Banquet, which also included a panel discussion on future energy policy with Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); and Susan Eisenhower, CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc.

“We kicked off EarthxEnergy with Secretary Perry discussing how we can transcend divisions to close the global energy gap, working to make our energy even cleaner and harnessing both nuclear power and renewable sources,” said Tony Keane, chief executive officer of EarthX. “The panel that followed featured a compelling discussion among Senators Graham and Whitehouse, as well as Susan Eisenhower, in which they all agreed that climate change is real, and that it falls to government working together with the private sector to establish and drive the economic benefits.”

Following the Roosevelt Banquet, the EarthxEnergy conference convened at Fair Park. Mark Victor Hansen, founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, delivered a breakfast keynote address on “10 Trends to the Future” followed by remarks from Crystal Dwyer Hansen, President of Metamorphosis Energy, with questions from Judge Ken Starr. The EarthxEnergy conference then began with opening remarks from Senator Graham. This was followed by a conversation about international energy security with Kenneth A. Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management; and William J. Parker, III, CEO, National Defense University Foundation.

A keynote on the role of oil and gas in the Texas new energy economy was offered by Mark Houser, chief executive officer of University Lands, followed by a panel on low emissions natural gas involving Dr. David T. Allen, Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, UT Austin; Ned Harvey, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute Zero Methane Emissions; Dan Powers, Executive Director, CO Labs; and Edward Saltzberg, Managing Director, Security and Sustainability Forum. Another panel on hydrogen as the next LNG featured Chip Comins, Chairman-CEO, American Renewable Energy Institute; David Edwards, Government Affairs, AirLiquide; Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now; and David Raney, General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Toyota Motors North America.

The EarthxEnergy luncheon featured Pete Sessions, former U.S. representative and Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Dr. William J. Parker, III, in a conversation about how AI and big data can solve environmental problems with Judge Ken Starr, and Amir Ansari, founder and CEO of Vaticx and member of the Board of Directors for XPRIZE.

Bill Magness, CEO, ERCOT delivered a keynote on electricity delivery and grid sustainability, while the fuels of the future and the new carbon economy were addressed on a panel by William Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration, LightWorks, Arizona State University; Neville Fernandes, GM and President, Neste US, Inc.; and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D, Senior Advisor, below50, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Another panel discussed carbon capture technologies and innovations with Marcius Extavour, Ph.D, Senior Director, Energy and Resources, XPRIZE; Tim Kruger, CTO of Origen Power, University of Oxford Geoengineering Program; and Victor Liu, President, Hunt Energy Enterprises. Clean capital acceleration strategies for energy innovation, entrepreneurship, and large-scale deployment incorporated the perspectives of Jeremy Harrell, Managing Director, Clearpath; Michael Mehling, Deputy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT; and Rod Richardson, President, The Grace Richardson Fund.

Energy choice and grid liberation were examined on a panel featuring Robert Dillon, Energy Choice Coalition; James Dozier, President of the Board, Consumers for Responsible Energy Solutions; Lucy Mason, Executive Director, Arizona Solar Energy Industries; and Eric Powell, AlixPartners. Following this panel, Marc Campbell, Manager, Sustainability Projects and Programs, Salt River Project; George Favaloro, Executive Director, Anthesis; Bruce Thompson, Director, LendLease Energy Development; and Emily Williams, Senior Director of Energy Markets, Edison Energy discussed greening the corporate energy supply. The final panel addressed next generation nuclear with Susan Eisenhower and Bob Perciasepe, CEO, C2ES; and Rodney Baltzer, COO, Deep Isolation.

The conference’s final conversation addressed US-Mexico energy successes and opportunities with Jack Kahan, Grupo Kahan. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrapped the event with his closing remarks.

Earthx2019 drew more than 175,000 attendees during three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. After Earthx2019, EarthX announced that during the event an agreement with the Independent State of Samoa was signed to transition the island nation to clean and resilient energy generation. Additionally, three early stage start-ups focused on cleantech were awarded a collective $300,000 at the EarthX E-Capital Summit, tripling the initial award offering of $100,000.


EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 175,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org. EarthX is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @earthxorg.

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Solar solutions from ABB, a technology leader in digital industries have helped Coop to reach an energy self-consumption rate of 90 percent.

By strengthening its solar capacity with photovoltaic (PV) installations of 20'000 sqm on 19 stores, Coop (coop.ch) aims to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption by 20 percent during 2019. This latest project will also help Coop to meet its other sustainability targets, including halving its CO2 emissions and increasing the proportion of renewable energy it uses to 80 percent, with the overall aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2023.

The installations, located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, near the French border, and the other in Etagnières, in the district of Gros-de-Vaud, include solar panels being installed onto the roof of the two Coop stores and into the façade in Etagnières. The solar inverters from ABB are part of the solution helping the company reach an energy self-sufficiency rate of 90 percent in Etagnières -- 20 percentage points higher than the average commercial application.

Adopting solar power has become increasingly important for Coop. To meet its ambitious target for renewable energy, the company decided to use solar energy to power 35 of its facilities including 19 retail stores across the region.

David Guthörl, head of energy in the sustainability unit at Coop, said: “Over the last decade, we have already reduced the average amount of energy we use for cooling in our stores and have made our product ranges and transport systems more sustainable. We were looking to work with our energy partners and use photovoltaics to power more of our stores. This latest investment has taken us one step closer towards our 2023 goal by adopting efficient renewable technologies.”

Working alongside leading photovoltaic (PV) planner, energiebüro ag, and installer, Helion on the two sites in Etagnières and La Chaux-de-Fonds, ABB installed seven ABB PVS-100 three-phase outdoor string inverters to service an installed base of 770 kWp, featuring more than 2,500 panels.

“Our intelligent solar inverters are ideal for this type of high intensity application,” explains Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s Smart Power business line. “Our focus is on writing the future of energy with safe, smart and sustainable solutions and we are delighted that Coop is now reaping the reward of our pioneering technologies.”

The PVS-100 range provides an ABB Ability™ cloud connected inverter solution for cost efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems and is suitable for both large-scale commercial and industrial ground mounted and rooftop applications. Launched in 2018, the inverter technology offers a unique six-in-one, sun-to-socket solution, meeting increasing market demand for cost-effective platforms offering high-power string inverters.

Noah Heynen from Helion said: “We have been working with ABB for several years and its products are proven to deliver reliable and performance ready inverters which help our customers gain the maximum plant efficiencies. The built-in monitoring capabilities of the PVS-100 were also a key draw for us on this project as they enable Coop to control and manage energy consumption rates, remotely and according to need.”

At Coop Switzerland, ABB PVS-100 technology is converting the direct current and the voltage from the solar panels into alternating current which can be fed back into the grid and help companies, like Coop, manage self- consumption to take control of energy and costs, thereby reducing OPEX costs.

Since installation, Coop has already reduced its electricity costs and carbon footprint and plans are in place to add an additional 20,000 m2 of solar capacity during 2019.

ABB (abb.com) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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REDMOND, Wash., May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 8, Microsoft Corp. announced the recipients of the 2019 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize excellence by Microsoft's top suppliers in performance, relationship, value, reduced risk, diversity, sustainability and impact sourcing. The MSP mission is enabling a compliant, capable and competitive supply base to deliver increasing value to Microsoft and its suppliers. Winners of the 2019 MSP Excellence Awards were vetted by an award selection committee including representatives from procurement, business group stakeholders and external judges.

Winners were announced at the 2019 MSP Supplier Excellence Awards ceremony at Microsoft on May 8, 2019, in Redmond, Washington.

"Congratulations to all the MSP Excellence Award recipients and finalists for your outstanding work," said Mike Simms, general manager and chief procurement officer at Microsoft. "These awards represent your deep commitment to delivering high-impact results contributing to the success of Microsoft. Microsoft's Supplier of the Year winners, Compass Group, Wiwynn, Nextant and AnRui Digital, have collaborated with Microsoft to demonstrate efficiency gains, strategic partnerships, innovation and risk management. Amaxra and Sutherland Global have created amazing opportunities for diverse and disadvantaged people to succeed, and Tech Mahindra exhibited a huge commitment to an aggressive set of absolute emissions reduction goals. On behalf of Microsoft, I want to thank the award winners and all the finalists for their significant contributions and partnership." 

Following are the 2019 winners, finalists and an overview of their excellent service delivery.

MSP Supplier of the Year - Small category Winner: AnRui Digital      

Finalists: Bastion Effect, BES Events

AnRui leveraged its in-depth knowledge of Microsoft's products and solutions to design and deliver training to users, technical partners and developers, as well as facilitate hands-on lab sessions. AnRui developed innovative solutions, such as a new mobile app that enables Microsoft Partners to access Microsoft learning and certification materials, to help broaden reach and increase engagement and collaboration.

MSP Supplier of the Year - Medium category Winner: Nextant 

Finalists: Lenati, Upwork

Nextant has been a strategic partner and trusted advisor on a range of topics by truly understanding Microsoft's business, aligning with Microsoft priorities and taking feedback to improve. Nextant consistently delivered amazing performance and savings through automation and improved processes, while remaining flexible and adaptable to the business needs. Nextant also helped scope and build a power app that revolutionized the way Microsoft communicates to the field, and helped reduce operational risk by implementing business-critical quality assurance plans.

MSP Supplier of the Year - Large category Co-Winner: Compass Group

Finalists: Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services

Compass consistently demonstrated strategic partnership to identify solutions that delivered savings without compromising the customer experience. Compass focused on customer service by completing more than 10 capital projects over the seasonal holiday closure to minimize Microsoft employee impact. Compass redesigned its service response protocol using Microsoft technology to improve its response time from 24 hours to one hour. Compass also strongly delivered in alignment with Microsoft's Accessibility and Sustainability values by developing a first-of-its-kind navigation bar, allowing those with visual impairments to use the cashless ordering/payment system and launching a zero-waste café pilot.

MSP Supplier of the Year - Large category Co-Winner: Wiwynn

Wiwynn is a component developer and system integrator of cloud servers for Microsoft, which has partnered with Microsoft on strategic initiatives and consistently delivered a high level of support. Wiwynn development support has been valuable in helping Microsoft achieve time-to-market on new technologies and is very supportive of Microsoft supply-chain initiatives. Wiwynn was instrumental in ensuring that Microsoft was not affected by 2018 industrywide component shortages through proactive implementation of a strategic buy process to ensure on-time delivery of Microsoft servers. Wiwynn has made significant investments to proactively mitigate risks by opening a new factory in Taiwan, increasing rack capacity in China and opening a satellite office in Redmond to support Microsoft teams.

MSP Supplier Diversity Award Winner: Amaxra

Finalists: Accenture, Wimmer

Amaxra has been awarded the 2019 MSP Supplier Diversity Award for being the supplier to make the most progress on diversity values. Amaxra is a certified diverse business and a business management and technology solutions firm. It was established in 2007 by Microsoft alumni Rosalyn Arntzen. It successfully supported a number of projects involving cultural and gender awareness, and community engagement. As a supplier, Amaxra's ability to understand Microsoft's most crucial business priorities, while reinforcing progress toward diversity goals, is of significant value to Microsoft. Diversity is the first of Amaxra's top six values. In its own words, "Diversity leads the way. The workplace needs to be one where diverse individuals (walks of life, experiences, situations, skills sets, work styles and more) and diverse teams come together to drive best contributions."

MSP Sustainability Award Winner: Tech Mahindra

Finalists: AT&T, Cisco and Infosys

Tech Mahindra was recognized for its leadership on climate change. Tech Mahindra committed to an aggressive set of absolute emissions-reduction goals, approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, that will result in emissions 50% below 2015-2016 levels by 2050. Tech Mahindra has undertaken a thoughtful and comprehensive program to reduce Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. To date, it has installed solar generation at its plants in the Indian cities of Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Noida and Chandigarh. Tech Mahindra has developed a "Connected Solar Plants" solution using Microsoft Azure, aligning with Microsoft's mission to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

Judges for the Sustainability Award were Betty Cremmins with CDP, Verena Radulovic with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Elizabeth Willmott with the Microsoft Environmental team and Michael Mondshine with WSP. 

MSP Impact Sourcing Award Winner: Sutherland Global

Finalists: Compass Group, Hanson Consulting Group

Sutherland was recognized for its leadership on helping their employees achieve more by eliminating barriers to employment and empowering individuals through Impact Sourcing.  Sutherland has the mission to impact one life or family for every person employed by the company. Over the past 10 years, Sutherland's taken a systems approach to inclusion through education intervention and job opportunities for tens of thousands of individuals across the globe. The company collaborates and shares with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to expand their impact. Sutherland's model is the first of its kind to be used in a commercial setting.

Judges for this award included Sara Enright with Business for Social Responsibility - Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, Mamadou Biteye with the Rockefeller Foundation and Geoff Talbot with the Sourcing Industry Group.

About Microsoft 

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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HARTFORD, Conn. & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eversource Energy subsidiary NSTAR Electric Company today announced the completion of its first ever issuance of “Green Bonds,” with proceeds used to support the company’s industry-leading low-carbon, clean energy initiatives.

NSTAR Electric issued $400 million of 3.25% debentures that will mature on May 15, 2029. The difference, or spread, between the 3.276% yield on the debentures and comparable United States Treasury obligations was only 85 basis points, or 0.85 percent. The unprecedented low spread was due to extremely high investor demand and NSTAR Electric’s strong credit rating profile. This result will benefit NSTAR Electric’s customers whose bills reflect the company’s borrowing costs.

“The spread of 85 basis points represents the tightest 10-year new issue spread for an unsecured utility green bond offering, which is tremendous news for our customers,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Treasurer John Moreira. “This is our inaugural offering in the Green Bond market and we are very pleased with the results. The proceeds from the $400 million debt issue were used to fund various ‘green’ initiatives including new solar projects and investments to help make our customers’ homes and businesses more energy efficient.”

Eversource manages the number one ranked energy efficiency programs in the nation as recognized by advocacy organizations including the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Also, the energy company recently completed 62 additional megawatts of utility-scale solar in Massachusetts. Eversource now operates 22 solar sites in the commonwealth with the capacity to power more than 11,000 homes, avoiding nearly 36,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year. This represents a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 7,000 cars off the road per year.

The energy company’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a key component of its daily operations and vision for the future. With a long-term strategy that is aligned with the region’s goals for clean energy development, Eversource has been a driving force in bringing cleaner, affordable and sustainable energy to the region through investments that include offshore wind, utility-scale solar, and energy storage.

Eversource (NYSE: ES), the #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately four million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

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